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WarCry - Fast food workers vow civil disobedience - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The FLSA was passed in 1947 with a minimum wage of $0.75/hr and has changed over the course of time. This law has, to date, not been found unconstitutional, so, ergo it is a constitutional law, whether you like it or not. When Franklin D. Roosevelt was pushing for a national minimum wage, he said: “By living wages, I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of a decent living.”…
pullthisleg - Fast food workers vow civil disobedience - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Wow, all I can say is wow. The ignorance of people never ceases to amaze me. "This movement is saying that America is less than she promises to be, morally and constitutionally, by denying living wages," Barber said. Really? I don't recall minimum wage in the constitution. Oh here it is, page 340598, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness...and $15 and hour with benefits. Can't believe…
qfingers - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I got the impression you were a bit older so I'm curious as to what tax credit you are getting that means you get back more than you paid in. That's usually reserved for child credit and earned income credit. I imagine it might be earned income credit and if you get back more than you paid in that's an entitlement. That fact they buried welfare in the tax law doesn't change that.…
pjohnf - BGA lawsuit aims to lift veil on IHSA finances - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Fine let's make the IHSA open their books and meetings to scrutiny but state government should not be allowed to control high school sports. Government screws up everything it touches and we don't need state government screwing up high school sports too.
XBgCty - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
How about if they get food stamps and a free lunch, the food stamp amount if lowered by what the free lunches cost. As that is double dipping. WHY should the taxpayers have to pay them twice of more for the same thing?

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Illinois GOP gubernatorial forum gets testy

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Thursday's event was the first time all four men had been on the same stage

The Republican race for Illinois governor took on a combative tone Thursday as candidates at a forum took jabs — mostly at businessman Bruce Rauner — over allegations of clout, flip-flopping over the issues and questionable campaign donations.
 
It was the first time all four candidates appeared on a stage together in 2014 to give their side-by-side views on a recent pension overhaul, the minimum wage and Illinois' business climate, but comments from state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard were peppered with digs at Rauner, a billionaire who has already saturated the airwaves with campaign ads.
 
Those included him recently changing his stance from cutting Illinois' minimum wage to being supportive of raising it under the right circumstances, questions over his daughter's entrance into an elite Chicago high school and the vast amounts of money he's raised. Campaign financial disclosure reports due Wednesday show he's brought in more than five times the amount of the other three combined.
 
"It's the constant drip drip drip of questions that I think will wash away in a flood any chance that our party has if Bruce is the nominee of defeating (Gov.) Pat Quinn in the fall," said Dillard, who loosed the first barb at Rauner, remarking he was glad the businessman could attend. Rauner has committed to only a few debates and missed one hosted by tea party activists this week.
 
Rauner, who called himself the "master at fundraising," said the attention his rivals were giving him showed that his message was resonating with voters and he was ahead.
 
"This has been a little bit of beat up Brucey morning," he said. "And that's OK."
 
Brady knocked Rauner's television ads and said he'd learned lessons from 2010, when Brady ran against Quinn and lost.
 
"The general, it's the big leagues," he said. "You're not going to be able to buy the airwaves. Democrats have money to counteract you."
 
Rauner, who is seeking political office for the first time, took shots of his own, calling his rivals political insiders with conflicts of interest who are tied to union money.
 
Rutherford quickly fired back: "No, Bruce Rauner, don't do that. You have no right to put out false information on me."
 
The event, which was hosted by the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald and WLS-TV, was billed as a forum about business affairs.
 
Among the most prominent business issues discussed were a recent pension overhaul to the state's nearly $100 billon public pension crisis. Lawmakers approved a plan last month that cuts benefits for state employees and retirees, but has already been the subject of lawsuits.
 
Brady voted for the overhaul and said his action would produce enough savings and aid Republicans' opposition to an extension of the state's income tax increase, which is due to be scaled back in 2015. Quinn has said the issue needs to be examined.
 
"If we delayed, the Democrats would absolutely have an argument to raise the income tax," he said of the pension vote.
 
Dillard voted against the pension deal and called for further discussion about the matter, Rutherford said it wouldn't survive a court challenge and Rauner said he was against it.
 
Quinn faces one Democratic primary challenger in March, suburban Chicago activist Tio Hardiman.

 
 

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